“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe,” Mnangagwa posted on Twitter early on Friday.
“Mugabe was an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. His contribution to the history of our nation and continent will never be forgotten.
“May his soul rest in eternal peace,” he added.
He was hospitalised in Singapore for months for an undisclosed ailment, Mnangagwa had confirmed earlier this year.
Officials often said he was being treated for a cataract, denying frequent private media reports that he had prostate cancer.
No further details were immediately available about the circumstances of his death or where he died.
Mugabe was forced to step down by the military in November 2017 following nationwide mass protests.
The former political prisoner-turned-guerrilla leader swept to power in the 1980 elections after a growing rebellion and economic sanctions forced the white minority colonial government to the negotiating table.
Social Media Users have since started paying tributes to the Legendary Political figure.
#RIPMugabe "Keep your Britain and let me keep my Zimbabwe"
It was a bumpy ride but securing of land for your people will forever be remembered.
RIP RGM pic.twitter.com/7eHbdmbRnb
— Xhosa is 🔥 🇿🇦™® (@TakaTina1) September 6, 2019
In 1979 President Robert Mugabe wrote, "only a dead imperialist, is a good one". #RIPMugabe you were a true revolutionary. Fearless. May we learn from your mistakes, and may we carry your spirit to fight for our Land. pic.twitter.com/4nsBwXl8eq
— Zimasa Mpemnyama (@Zimasa91) September 6, 2019
No matter one's position. No matter one's education. No matter one's history. We are all destined to depart this earth. Former president of Zimbabwe #RobertMugabe passes on at 95. #RIPMugabe #RIPRobertMugabe pic.twitter.com/nidvExXw0k
— Christo (@ChristoThurston) September 6, 2019
President Robert Mugabe passes on. We learnt from you to stare the enemy in the eye, fearlessly!
When they tried to humiliate, torment you, using your own brothers and sisters and comrades, you stood tall.
— ZaneleLwana (@ZaneleLwana) September 6, 2019
— Bra Scotch🇿🇦 (@HLANGEPASIKA) September 6, 2019
— Man's Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) September 6, 2019